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Amazon is going to do to enterprise cloud companies exactly what it did to book stores

“I find it really hard to believe that we cannot collectively beat a company that sells books,” said Carl Eschenbach, the chief operating officer of VMWare, at the company’s recent annual confab with its partners and resellers. VMWare competes with Amazon to provide businesses with computing and IT …

Cloud Computing

The economics behind Amazon's possible set-top box gambit

A Wedbush Securities analyst believes the opportunity could be huge if the retail giant gives away its Amazon Instant Video service for a year to consumers who buy a set-top box.<p>Yes, Amazon makes the successful Kindle Fire tablet computer. And yes, it's reportedly considering offering a …

Televisions

HubSpot latest to leave Amazon Web Services -- mostly. Should Amazon worry?

A week ago I quoted Piston’s CTO saying that there was a “giant explosion” of companies moving off of Amazon Web Services (AWS). At the time, I noted …

The Most Common Leadership Model - And Why It's Broken

When organizations’ hire, develop, and promote leaders using a competency-based model, they’re unwittingly incubating failure. Nothing fractures corporate culture faster, and eviscerates talent development efforts more rapidly, than rewarding the wrong people for the wrong reasons. Don’t reward …

The one reason a Facebook phone would make sense

So Facebook is reportedly about to unveil a phone, built by struggling Taiwanese handset maker HTC, that has been modified to put Facebook and its various services in the foreground. Facebook has been working on this for years.<p>The business case for both companies is clear, in theory. Facebook wants …

Social Media

Why Facebook's Future Is In Mobile

When you first switch on an iPhone, you are asked for your Apple account. Switch on an Android device and nine times out of ten you’ll be asked for a Google account (the other ten percent will be Amazon asking Kindle users to log in). Windows Phone will ask for a Live account. BlackBerry will ask …

Gigaom | Netflix job offers hint at further international expansion: are India, Europe or Korea next?

Advertisement<p>Netflix (s NFLX) posted a few job offers that hint at further international expansion in late March, including one for “experienced …